sunrise over swamps

sunset over melancholy seas

humpback whales, Queensland

on September 5, 2011

Here is the last batch of the photos of my whale watching trip off the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, in August 2011.

17 August 2011, Nikon D40 camera

Toward the end of our time at sea that day, a pod of three whales headed south let their curiosity get the better of them and they approached us. That was an amazing moment, as these massive, otherworldly animals rose out of the water to look at us. While we did not see any of the incredible acrobatics for which humpback whales are renowned, we did have the amazing experience of interacting with them. They seemed fascinated by the noise and movement on the boat as several of us waved and cheered at them.

I am grateful for the work of activists such as Sea Shepherd who seek to protect and conserve ocean fauna from human exploitation and greed. And I am grateful I had the opportunity to get so close to the whales we saw that day – about seven whales. And a few dolphins, too.

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2 responses to “humpback whales, Queensland

  1. I would love an opportunity to be so close to these giants. Absolutely gorgeous creatures.

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